Doing your part in the summer is just as straightforward. For example:
- Watering your plants and lawn during the hottest times of the day is very inefficient. You will lose 60% to evaporation if you do so in the middle of the afternoon! It is therefore strongly recommended that you only water early in the morning or late in the evening.
- Don’t use the hose to clean your laneway. Grab a broom instead!
- Again, fill a bucket with soapy water to wash your car or the outside of your windows rather than turning on the hose, which consumes a high amount of water.
- You can install a rain barrel or another type of large container to harvest rainwater.
- Always comply with your city’s bylaws regarding watering and the filling of pools during periods of drought and heat waves.
- When filling your pool, keep the water level at least 15 cm below the edge to avoid any spilling out while you swim or while your kids play in the pool. You should likewise inspect its walls for any cracks or tears through which water could be leaking out. Carrying out repairs will help you conserve large amounts of water.
As you can see, changing your everyday habits in order to save many litres of water a year isn’t difficult. You too can play your part to preserve this vital resource. And if you can’t implement each one of these tips, keep in mind that adopting even just a few can still make a significant difference.